Any person familiar with the history of India would associate this day to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. Surely it was a dark moment in the history of India, a watershed movement in the journey of country’s secular culture. There were occasional riots in different parts of our country, but we have always come back to the normal. Probably this moment was one such occasion where we haven’t been able to come back yet. Today, I came to know that it is also the death anniversary of the great Indian visionary, social reformer and maker of the constitution. His life was the celebration of diversity and fight against injustices.
Now what we will remember today? Either one or both? A dalit, secularist, liberals would like to remember Ambedkar. Some of these would celebrate also a dark day. Some of the Hindutva would celebrate it as day of victory or justice.
My first thought was … let us celebrate it as the death anniversary and forget the masjid demolition (as the remembrance increases hatred only). Surely we can’t forget that the vision of Ambedkar is not yet visualized and India need to strive towards it. But it is wrong to say that injustice done should be just forgotten? What is justice? what is the solution? It is probably the role of the well informed and courts to decide…
Have we stopped the growth of hatred and started the journey of love and reconciliation between the people of different religions, cultures, languages? Surely majority of Indians practice love, brotherhood and sisterhood. But beyond that, whether the culture of our polity, culture present in the social media, visual media and in our streets becoming more hate friendly or love friendly? It is a invitation for all of us to do simple tasks to promote love and justice, to be truly Secular (in the Constitutional sense). Black day can be a reminder to start the journey towards the rainbow, and not to remain stagnated in darkness. I conclude with a quote (inspired by Raimon Panikkar)